Virgin Mobile USA has announced the first contract 3G handset in its 2009 line-up, the long-awaited Helio Ocean 2 by Virgin Mobile. A sleek, soft-edge dual slider, the new Ocean 2 boasts slimmer lines and a larger screen than its predecessor. Here is more info on the Ocean 2 phone:
What's New in the Ocean 2
The Helio Ocean 2 is a sleek dual-slider QWERTY handset with a list of upgraded features:
-A larger landscape mode 2.6? QVGA screen designed to deliver an enhanced mobile browsing experience at 3G speed. -One-click access to the new Connect social networking dashboard solution. -The Ultimate Inbox instant messaging suite has expanded to include Google Talk. -The Media Player now provides background mode playback allowing the user to multi-task while listening to music. -Mail for Microsoft Exchange is included in data plans, eliminating the premium monthly fee. -The HTML browser now allows members to quickly text or email a URL, and has tabs to surf multiple web pages with ease. -The File Viewer now allows for the editing of Microsoft Works, Excel and PowerPoint files right from the device. -A new optical sensor directional/navigational pad provides analog scroll input capability. The new keyboard offers an improved typing experience with a new enlarged, rubberized keypad. -The 2MP camera with video recording includes ?night shot? and location tagging. -Memory upgraded to include a 512MB external MicroSD card.
To Communicate: -The Ultimate Inbox combines email, text messages, picture messages and instant messages in a single messaging hub that's just one touch away. -The Ocean 2 offers consumers convenient out-of-the-box access to Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft?s Windows Live and Google. -Connect, a newly launched feature, brings one-click access to updates and alerts across multiple social networks and media sharing sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube. -Effortless Email, Calendar, and Contact synchronizing integration with Mail for Microsoft Exchange.
To Locate: -Ocean 2 offers a comprehensive GPS-enabled version of Google Maps mobile experience, with integration to the address book to quickly map contacts. -Buddy Beacon, a premier friend-finder application, is the first location-sharing app available across multiple carriers. A feature-rich Facebook application helps share location and finds points of interest. -A premium Garmin Mobile subscription application includes real-time turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic information, ability to find things like the cheapest gas station in an area, and more. -One-click Search continues to have home screen input capabilities for fast and easy lookups on Yahoo!, Google, Wikipedia, Amazon and Yelp. -WHERE is a suite of location-aware widgets that finds relevant local information, now integrated with the web browser.
To Create: -A complete mobile YouTube experience including integrated video capture and upload, GPS tagging, and full "Log In" for personalization, rating and community features. -One-click upload of photos and videos to sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Photobucket and the Helio Album. -File Viewer contains key office tools and the ability to view, save, share and now edit files on the device, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power point documents.
Additional Features: 3.5mm standard media headset jack/headset Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Upgraded Alert Manager 3D gaming Video ringtones and wallpapers Opera Mini preload Full-featured Planner includes Calendar, To-Do List, Notepad, Stopwatch, Alarm, Calculator and World Time Clock
Virgin Mobile USA is initially releasing the Ocean 2 in a limited edition Red; black Ocean 2s will start to become available later this year.
With easy access to popular messaging and social networks and sites, the Ocean 2 by Virgin Mobile will be on sale for $149 atwww.virginmobileusa.com beginning February 12, 2009. The handset will also be available at select retailers.